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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that Morehead State University is being awarded $750,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to equip and furnish the University’s Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER). This award will enable MSU to recruit and train current and future health care professionals with state-of-the-art imaging and medical equipment.

“MSU and Rowan County are leading our region and the nation in high-tech science and medical education,” said Rogers. “The healthcare needs of our region are no secret and our local communities will benefit from Morehead’s work to teach and train future professionals in the health care industry. I continue to be impressed with the Appalachian Regional Commission’s partnership with our local colleges and universities in bringing high quality education opportunities to our region. I offer high praise to the MSU faculty, board, and President Wayne Andrews for their hard work to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Kentucky and the nation are facing an increased demand for radiographers and nurses. To accommodate the expanding need for trained health professionals, Morehead State University is constructing a $30 million facility to house the Nursing and Imaging Sciences Department, as well as a family practice clinic and UK’s Physician Assistant program. The ARC funding, combined with $2.8 million from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will replace obsolete equipment in the nursing and imaging science programs with state-of-the-art simulators, diagnostic equipment, and associated furnishings which will greatly improve the level of training that can be provided to students in these programs. Morehead State University expects at least 150 students to graduate from these programs each year during the next three years. 

Rogers currently serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.